26 May 2016

Benefit • Dew the Hoola Liquid Bronzer

Benefit Dew The Hoola, Hoola Bronzer
A new product launch from Benefit Cosmetics sparked a lot of interest when I posted a pic of it on my Instagram recently with many of you wanting to know how it faired and whether it was a worthwhile purchase? I was kindly sent this small luxury sized sample size of the product in a recent GlossyBoxFrance which I was so happy to receive because I too had seen this new launch pop up everywhere on social media. So I have listened, tested and have lots to tell you about this highly spoken about product, Benefit Dew the Hoola - such a great name!

First up, what this is. As Benefit quote "Benefit Dew the Hoola is a liquid bronzer that gives your face a year round glow with the gleam. The smoothing effects and light weight texture melt in for a shimmer less, natural look that is very sheer. Gives a soft matte finish, blends easily and has the signature Hoola scent". This in terms is the the liquid equivalent to the famous Hoola Powder Bronzer that has been a cult favourite of many for years. The Original Hoola is a matte powder that has no shimmer, no sparkle or shine and no orange; just pure matte colour that works on so many skin tones and types. It has been one of my personal favourite bronzers for some time now as it's a perfect bronzer.

Benefit Dew The Hoola, Hoola Bronzer
Benefit Dew The Hoola, Hoola Bronzer
Benefit Dew The Hoola, Hoola Bronzer
Benefit Dew The Hoola, Hoola Bronzer
Benefit Dew The Hoola, Hoola Bronzer
Benefit recommend that you smooth Dew the Hoola on bare skin or over foundation for a seamless natural looking bronze look. They also recommend it as a contouring product to be used on the cheekbones, hairline and jaw line and then finish with the Hoola Powder should you so wish too. 

The formula is very liquid/gel like; quite thick so it wont run off the back of your hand, in fact the texture is beautiful as it's really soft and creamy like a moisturiser and is in fact one of the nicest textures when it comes to liquid face products that I have come across.

Benefit Dew The Hoola, Hoola Bronzer
Benefit Dew The Hoola, Hoola Bronzer
Benefit Dew The Hoola, Hoola Bronzer
Benefit Dew The Hoola, Hoola Bronzer
Benefit Dew The Hoola, Hoola Bronzer
So what did I think? I have to admit I was on the fence with this product for a while after having tried it out a couple of times because it does take some playing around with. It is in my opinion not the same shade as Hoola Powder Bronzer at all as the end results are very different. I did as Benefit suggested and applied a light layer over my primer, pre foundation all over my face. It is so creamy to apply but can go a little streaky should you miss a spot so you need to be very thorough whilst bearing in mind this is a sheer finish. It is very buildable without flaking or caking or that feeling of having lots of product on your face thanks to it's lovely lightweight gel texture. Ok, so I can't pussyfoot around the issue but I definitely looked orange. I was way more of an orange tone as opposed to a golden goddess tone unlike the powder version that gives a very brown natural look. I am fair skinned so this may not be the issue for you but having read a few reviews online I have seen this is a common issue. Hence it was removed immediately from my face. 

Therefore I was in the mind set that this product just wasn't for me but I loved the texture of it so much that I was determined to try and make it work somehow? Good news is, I have! The way that I have found this to give a totally different result is by mixing a small amount in with my foundation and then applying it to my skin with my foundation brush. It kind of acts like those darkening drops but instead of making your foundation darker it adds a golden warmth and summer glow that really warms up your skin to give you  that 'just got back from holiday look'. It definitely has no shimmer or glitter to it which is what makes it look very natural when mixed in. You can play about with how much you need to add in depending on how tanned you are at that time. Using the product in this way gave me a much better result, just a natural bronze that Benefit promised. This is the perfect solution for warming up all of your winter foundations that you are finding are too light for your summer skin. I do feel this would work in this way on most skin tones; medium complexions will maybe need to apply a bit more and deeper skin tones may even use it more for highlighting and lightening. You can of course finish with Hoola Powder for contouring to add more definition to your face or if you like using the Dew the Hoola as a contour cream over your foundation then you can set it in place afterwards with the powder Hoola. 

Sometimes a little perseverance pays off. This is definitely going to be a hit or miss product that I honestly, probably wouldn't have purchased myself. I would however highly recommend the powder Hoola bronzer version to all as I think it's such a great bronzer but I would only really recommend Dew the Hoola to those looking to add warmth to their foundations as opposed to an all over face bronzer. In my opinion there are better products on the market today that do this.

Benefit Dew The Hoola, Hoola Bronzer
Dew the Hoola link! is priced at £22.50/$28 for 30ml Hoola Powder link! -  
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If you too have tried Dew the Hoola then let me know what you thought about it!







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10 comments

  1. Kelly, what a great review! I love and appreciate your honesty and how you speak from the heart. I'm also a fan of the powder version of the Hoola bronzer, definitely a cult classic. As far as the liquid version, I totally agree that it would work best if mixed in with the foundation. This way you can keep the same foundation shade all year round. As always, I thoroughly enjoy reading your posts. I always learn something new!
    ~ Cat L.
    www.catsdailyliving.com

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    1. Thank you so much Cat! I am so glad you enjoyed this and learnt a few handy tips too ;-) I too always appreciate your feedback as reading it makes me smile! Your support and comments always mean a lot. K xxx

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  2. I'm glad you perservered and made it work for you. I'm receiving a deluxe size sample with my Sephora purchase so I'll see how it works with me. Great review! Xo
    Dom
    www.calibeaute.com

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    1. Thanks Dom! Yes I didn't want to be defeated as I am sure you shall see just what I mean when you try it out too - but loving the deluxe samples as they are very much worth Benefit producing! Thanks for your great feedback! K xxx

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  3. Couldn't agree more! I am also using it to darken some of my foundations. When I have time, I would use it as a bronzer then set it with the Hoola powder. Love your stunning photograpy and wonderful review.xo

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    1. Thank you so much Sandy! I am glad that we all seem to think along the same lines with this one ;-) Thank you for such wonderful compliments too - they have made my day! K xxx

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  4. I have to admit that I don't have much experience with Benefit makeup, though I like they're real mascara. I have never tried Hoola bronzer, being loyal to Guerlain Terracotta for years. Your review of this new, cream product made me think that it might be a great solution to the problem that I have with Chanel foundations (which I love). I'm between shade 10 and 20, and every time I buy 20 it's tiny too dark for me, but 10 can be that bit too pale. I currently have Les Beiges in shade 10 and if, as you say, I can add a bit of Benefit to warm up that shade a tiny bit it would be great. Thanks for a great review :)

    www.trendissimo.pl

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    1. I am so glad that my review has proven to be a great solution to your problem as it sure would help a lot as I know only too well this issue! The great thing is that the Dew the Hoola adds warmth (rather than just darken) but is still in keeping with the tones in your skin making it a perfect solution. They're Real mascara has too been my no1 for a few years now and still is!! I am so glad that this review has been of great help to you. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment, all very much appreciated! K xxx

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  5. Definitely would not wear it all over!! But i liked it as a contouring gel! Bronze goddess it is!!
    Excellent review as always!! ❤️ xx Lyna

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    1. Thanks lovely Lyna! So glad you enjoyed it. Definitely a product to get mixed reviews but we still love love love the original anyhow! Thanks for stopping by! Kelly <3 xxx

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